Come and join us throughout the day for guided tours of Otley Courthouse. Find out about its history and how it has evolved since Victorian times. The Courthouse timeline in the cell corridor sets out the history of Otley Courthouse in context with local and national events. There will also be a small selection of children’s activities.
New for this year: Find out what it was like to walk a day and a night town beat in Otley between the years 1956 to 1968. Using memories from our oral history project we will walk round some of the beat, telling you how the police worked both before and after the introduction of radios.
The tour will last one hour and the distance is 1 1⁄2 miles. There will be two tours at 11am and 2pm. Group size limited to 15. Booking from 8th August is essential.
Come and see Classic and Veteran Cars, Fairground Organs, Steam engines, boot sales, refreshments, you name it. A real family extravaganza with FREE car Parking
Otley’s 11th Science Festival will feature a host of different events for all ages.
Festival sponsored by Otley Town Partnership, Otley Carnival, Institute of Physics, Royal Society Of Chemistry, Keele University and Otley Town Council
Otley Science Festival includes a number of events for schools. These are designed for primary schools (home educators also welcome). They run during the day of the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the Science Festival week in November: 6th, 7th and 8th. All shows run for 1 hour. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Cost £3 per child plus a free staff place for every 10 children.
To book seats for these events please contact the Centre Director at the Otley Courthouse on 01943 467466, email: email@example.com.
Minibeasts: a microscopic safari with Marty Jopson
Tue 6th Nov 9.30am, 11.00am and 1.30pm
Take a journey from everyday life down into the realm of microscopic wonders with Marty Jopson, the BBC One Show’s resident scientist. The adventure will take you to a world totally invisible to the unaided eye. Marty begins with hugely magnified insects, but soon moves to plants too small to see and even bacteria, all demonstrated live on the stage. A show full of interactive demonstrations and samples harvested from the audience. You have been warned! A show supported by Zeiss, global leaders in the manufacture of microscopes.
The Real Science of Fireworks with Matthew Tosh
£3 per child. Years 3–6, KS2.
Wednesday 7th Nov 9.30am, 11.00am and 1.30pm
Internationally-recognised pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh introduces you to his explosive world of pyrotechnic science, revealing how firework displays create colours, sound effects and perfectly timed bursts. Matthew will bring his fascination of how things work as he demonstrates how science, technology and engineering ensure that displays are spectacular, accurate and safe for the public. The sights, sounds and smells of fireworks are all brought to life just a few metres from the audience in an experience guaranteed to thrill.
Surprising Science with Matt Pritchard
£3 per child. Years 3-6, KS2.
Thursday 8th Nov 9.30am, 11.00am and 1.30pm
In a show packed with science tricks, stunts and puzzles, Matt Pritchard challenges the audience to discover the sneaky scientific secrets behind surprising illusions. This is not just an awe and wonder show but one that encourages scientific enquiry and critical thinking skills. Along the way the audience will be taught a host of science tricks using everyday household objects that they can go away and try later; extending the learning and providing teachers with lots of follow up opportunities. During the show Matt will share his background and love of science.
£3 per child. Years 1–6, KS1 & KS2.
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Internationally-recognised pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh introduces you to his magical and explosive world of pyrotechnic science. He unpicks the building blocks of firework displays to reveal how pyrotechnicians create colours, sound effects and perfectly timed bursts. Matthew will bring his fascination of how things work to the Otley Science Festival as he demonstrates how science, technology, engineering and mathematics ensure that displays are spectacular, accurate and safe for the public. The sights, sounds and smells of fireworks are all brought to life just a few metres from the audience in an experience guaranteed to thrill.
Pick up those fresh food items for Christmas only 2 days before the big day: Sprouts on the stalk, Chickens, Turkeys and Pies will be just some of the festive items on sale today, and maybe some street entertainers as well.
Otley’s regular monthly Farmers market with about 40 stalls selling a variety of locally produced food and drink (and a few other things) to tempt your taste buds. Check dates at this and other local farmers markets here
Free parking on Sundays.